Jesus Christ Superstar
Devin McKinney, Gettysburg College
On March 25, 1971, an illegal performance of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar—the project of a few dozen students, some renegade faculty members, and a young ministry intern from Gettysburg Seminary—was staged in Christ Chapel. Excitement grew as the cast and crew assembled and rights were negotiated. Then the production was preemptively blocked by court order. The Gettysburg company was faced with the choice of giving up, or going on—a legal, ethical, and creative challenge ultimately touching such unlikely points as the regional synod of the Lutheran Church, the superior courts of New York City, and a London address now designated a national landmark. Photographs, interview excerpts, and live recordings will tell the story of the production, the people behind it, the obstacles it faced, and the memories it left.
Jesus Christ Superstar, rock opera, theater art, Broadway, Gospel, Bible narrative, Andrew Lloyd Webber
Acting | Biblical Studies | Performance Studies | Religion | Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History
McKinney, Devin, "Jesus Christ Superstar" (2015). Other Exhibits & Events. 6.
The talk was given at the Friday Faculty Luncheon, CUB 260, April 3, 2015.